July 5, 2006
I am writing today to let you know that Dick Whiteside, vice president of enrollment management, will be leaving the university at the end of August to pursue a full-time consulting career. This is an aspiration Dick had prior to the storm and he has now decided to act on it.
Dick has been at Tulane for the past 13 years. Under his stewardship the number and quality of students applying to Tulane reached all-time highs. Immediately after Katrina, Dick and his staff aggressively continued to operate from satellite offices in Virginia and managed to attract a record number of applicants to Tulane. I thank Dick for his years of service and wish him the very best in his new career path.
Dick and his excellent staff have already developed an ambitious recruitment plan for next year, which is funded in the fiscal year 2007 budget. We are very fortunate to have an experienced and accomplished senior staff in enrollment management to continue Dick’s work. I have total confidence in that staff and believe the strategy will be executed as planned.
I am also pleased to report that effective September 1 Earl Retif will assume the title and role of vice president of enrollment management as well as remain the university registrar. Earl will be in that role for the foreseeable future, as we do not anticipate embarking on a search for at least a year. In his new capacity, Earl will also oversee the Office of Financial Aid.
Earl has been at the university for 30 years and most of you know him from his many years at the helm of the Office of the University Registrar. Earl enjoys the respect of everyone on campus and brings a wealth of institutional knowledge and experience to this position. His leadership in this new appointment will ensure that Tulane continues to attract the nation's most highly gifted and motivated students for years to come. Earl is also blessed with an excellent staff in the registrar’s office very capable of filling the void resulting from his increased responsibilities.
Until a permanent Provost is in place, Earl and his organization will report directly to me as we prepare for a highly successful recruiting season.
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